Well, it’s all go here in preparation for Sunday’s Christmas Fair; we’ve even decided to put the Christmas trees up earlier than usual. I appreciate how busy and indeed precious people’s weekends are, but I hope you can all spare an hour or so of your time to come and have a browse and hopefully spend a few of your hard-earned pennies at the 30 plus stalls. After all, all the money raised will benefit the students. We also have the usual tombolas, the silent auction, face and nail painting, Henna tattoos, sports activities organised by our 6th Form team, Christmas Carols, bacon butties and, for the first time, Santa will be arriving on a 1950’s double-decker bus, so bring along all those little family members, friends and neighbours.
A word of thanks to my PA, Mrs Tasker, Mrs Byiers (Estates Manager) and the site team for their efforts in getting ready for Sunday. Thank you, also, to you at home for contributing chocolates, toiletries and bottles of various sorts for the tombolas. I have never seen so much chocolate; well done Year 7.
Doors open at 10.00 am.
Even our studious Year 11s could, I’m sure, afford an hour out of their mock exam revision schedules to pop along and soak up the festive spirit on Sunday. I trust they, and the 6th formers to follow, are preparing themselves thoroughly for these exams. Success breeds success, as they say, and any work done now and knowledge committed to memory is the clichéd ‘money in the bank’. Good luck to all. Remember, we have every confidence that this year’s GCSE and A level cohorts can beat all previous records. It’s all down to hard work.
We always welcome positive feedback, whatever the source, and Miss Grey in Art passed this on earlier this week: “Yesterday I had the printer engineer in my room mending my printer. He said he visits lots of schools but was keen to tell me how lovely he thought the school was compared to others he visits and that he thought the behaviour from the pupils was amazing (I had 9.6 at the time so well done to them in particularly). He was super complimentary & I thought you would like to know.”
Indeed, I am delighted to hear his thoughts. Of course, it comes as no surprise and we expect nothing less but still, it’s always good to acknowledge our greatest asset … the students.
Miss Tyrer and Miss Latham are celebrating today after handing in their Masters’ dissertations! They have both been completing a part-time MA in Education over the past two years. Miss Latham’s dissertation research topic was on the Government changes to post-16 Mathematics Education and Miss Tyrer researched gender in the Science classroom. Both topics are very applicable to their ‘day jobs’ and have proved informative and of benefit to our students. However, they are mightily glad to have completed them.
Not wanting to tempt fate, but Mrs Chard is also close to completing her PHD and we will then have another Doctor in the house. Check out the brains on our teachers!
On the subject of talented staff …
Mrs Sarah Cleary, our fabulous Chef in the Dining Hall, has been in London for the last two days for the finals of the UK and Ireland Compass 2015 ‘Be a Star’ Awards. Sarah who is employed by our caterers Chartwells (part of the Compass Group), was nominated by her Area Support Manager and has already won the regional (East Cheshire) round which entitles her now to hit the big city and aim high! We wish Sarah and her husband a wonderful two days and hope she brings back an award – although as Sarah says, she is “absolutely thrilled to have got this far!”
Trafford Youth Trust
This ‘live report’ from embedded journalist Mr Holt:
“Ten students from Years 7 to 11 represented Wellington at the Trafford Youth Cabinet today. They took part in workshops and marketplace activities aimed at answering the question ‘what does politics mean to me?’.
As always, our students took to the task with enthusiasm, creativity and no shortage of self-confidence. The morning session saw Wellington forming its own political party with Jordan Guy (Y11) running for Prime Minister of Trafford!
Ably assisted by his spin doctor, Oliver Donnelly (Y9), speech writers Anna Casey and Holly Faulkner (Y7) and head of Marketing Yasmin Lee (Y10), they fought a hard campaign which focused on tackling racism and prejudice. Ending his election video with the slogan “Don't be a Wally, vote for Welly” Jordan finished a very respectable 3rd in a vote between 12 Trafford schools.
The afternoon session was a chance for our students to put questions to two Trafford MPs and several local councillors. It proved to be a far more taxing affair for the politicians than they had bargained for thanks to probing questions from our students, not least of which was Isabela Bandiera-Leigh (Y7) who had the panel on the ropes over the high cost of public transport and the lack of affordable services for Trafford's youth. A truly inspiring way to spend a Friday!”
For those students who say they have no interest in politics, I always say politics is synonymous with life and you cannot avoid being involved in it. These students have demonstrated that admirably today by all accounts. Don’t they just make you swell with pride?
Mrs Clarke reports that the GCSE Business Studies Year 11 students have been working hard on completing their controlled assessment. “Earlier this week, despite the cold, wet and windy weather, they ventured into Altrincham Town Centre to complete a market research activity. This involved the pupils creating their own questionnaire and asking local people on their views of the café culture in Altrincham. They worked hard, and once over their initial shyness, quickly gained their confidence to ask people. The pupils were very polite and considerate even when people refused. As a result, they have gathered useful information to help them complete the investigation.
Also starting next week is Enterprise Club for years 7 & 8. I’m looking forward to meeting some budding entrepreneurs of the future.”
This from Mr Williams: “The English department felt a degree of pride when an article by Jodie Gornall – a former Wellingtonian – appeared on The Guardian online on Wednesday. Jodie wrote about her experiences as an 18-year-old care worker and composed a very thoughtful and thought-provoking article. As one of her former English teachers, I was delighted that a past student was now a published author – as well as clearly being a very good care worker to boot!”
Quick update from Mysteries from History from Patrick Gibson 7HCR via Mr Gershcler;
‘In Mysteries from History club, we look at incidents in History we have no logical explanation for. Whether it’s Jack the Ripper or the Illuminati, spooky or supernatural, we cover it and see some of spookiest images we’ll ever see! This club is possibly the most interesting club in the whole school! Maybe it’s not the most practical club, but it gives us expanded imagination and that really matters.’
Mr Gerschler adds, “I’ve left it to Patrick to provide an update on what we’ve been getting up to in History club and I agree with him completely (but did not pay or force him to say such complimentary things!). If you think that this sounds like the club for you, come along every Thursday to Room 47 at 1.05pm!”
Mr Poole provides this report on an exciting new initiative in Maths: “Around thirty parents and students from Year 7 attended an evening about Mathematics, in the Vale Hall, on Wednesday. They were introduced to some of the changes being made to Key Stage Three Mathematics before embarking on a series of “mini” classroom activities. They took part in work about negative numbers, area and ratio; parents got to see first-hand how their children learn about new topics, and were able to ask the team of Mathematics teachers on hand about anything to do with the subject. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, including: “Marvellous input and time spent with students”; “I found it really helpful as the teaching methods are so different from when I was at school”; “Very engaging teachers”. Thanks are due to all the Mathematics staff who helped in its preparation, organisation and delivery - particular thanks to Mrs Golden, who planned it and pulled it all together.”
We have identified (and it comes as no surprise) a small but significant minority of students who come to us with an almost pathological fear of Maths and it becomes a real struggle to get them on board for their must-pass GCSE in Year 11. So, looking at the long-term, we are now endeavouring to support our feeder primaries in their Maths teaching but also increase parental engagement and confidence so they can help their sons and daughters. Often the perceived issues a parent may have had with Maths themselves can be transferred to the child and we somehow need to break this barrier down. Alternatively, parents are just unaware of the latest methods in Maths delivery and appreciate any guidance we can provide. Anyway, watch this space for further gains in Maths over the coming years across the key stages.
If you feel, as parents, you would benefit from more regular sessions such as this in Maths or other subjects for that matter, then just let us know.
“Over the last two weeks KS3 students have participated in lessons run by Trafford Youth for Christ. The lessons have focussed around the ideas of; fact, faith and belief, friendship and suffering. The lessons have been an eye-opener for all students involved and have enabled them to think deeply about the importance of respecting beliefs, valuing friendship and discussing the origin of suffering around the world and how we can combat it. Well done to all involved and thank you to TYFC for all of your hard work.”
Mr Harrison kindly provided this report on this truly impactful, annual initiative.
Miss Lee and Miss Tan with 17 A-level Science students this week ventured to the Capital to experience a unique scientific opportunity. “Before the main event itself the students got to explore London’s Science and Natural History museum before taking in the sights at Wembley stadium which was near to the hotel where we were staying. Some students think that they even got a glimpse of the X-Factor judges who had been filming on the Sunday night at Wembley! The next day we had a short stop in Leicester Square and China Town before we headed off to Piccadilly Theatre to listen to 3 seminars given by Simon Watt, Andreas Sella and Brian Cox. Each gave a fascinating insight into their chosen Science and we learnt how something as simple as ice is well and truly unique and how the genetics of comic book superheroes can be found in everyday people. In 1 hour, Professor Cox also (somehow) managed to discuss theories about the miniscule (the fundamental particles that make up everything) to the massive (the beginning of the Universe). The students seemed to really enjoy themselves and the event even challenged their own perceptions of the different Sciences. Overall it was a truly inspiring educational visit and hopefully this has encouraged our Scientists to look beyond what we learn in the curriculum.”
Do you know, just reading back and reflecting on this bulletin thus far, one has to conclude that here at Wellington we succeed in providing an extremely broad, balanced and relevant curriculum to all our students, and one that is rich with experiences beyond the classroom that are of huge benefit.
Most of the PE staff were at High Adventure with around 50 GCSE PE students from Monday to Wednesday (they must still be recovering, hence the lack of report! Mr Morgan must have read my mind – see below) but Mr Higginson held the fort and reports on the Year 7 basketball fixture vs Sale High.
“The Year 7s continued their unbeaten run with a hard fought 28-2 victory over Sale High this week. All players worked hard throughout the game and can be congratulated on another good performance. Thanks must go to Mr Gubbins who stepped in to help coach and ref the game. He mentioned how impressed he was with all players. The Year 7s are now 3 wins from 3 with 2 tough games remaining before Christmas. #GLOBETROTTERS”
Year 11 GCSE outdoor pursuit’s assessment
“Mr Morgan can report that the trip to ‘High Adventure’ in North Yorkshire was a big success with 45 Year 11 GCSE PE students being assessed in either mountain biking or climbing. The three day assessment is always challenging with this year being no exception, the cold weather was in full force, particularly for the mountain bikers who were out for the majority of the day riding through wind, rain, and mud, while trying to safely work their way down steep rocky trails. The final scores for Wellington students were excellent with a healthy average of 9/10 marks, this will put students in a positive position when it comes to their final coursework mark. While marks are important, it is the teamwork and leadership qualities that are needed to get through three tough days that will stay with the students for ever, they all developed confidence, resilience and a new found respect for the ‘great outdoors’.”
A big thank you to Mr Morgan, Mr Gubbins, Miss MacGlinchey and Mr Commack for giving up half their week and probably several hours sleep to help students improve their practical GCSE marks. I’m sure the students have expressed their gratitude.
Year 8 News
Mr Travis would like to give a mention to the students in Year 8 who have received nominations from their teachers for the Year 8 PRO awards. “We introduced the PRO (People Respecting Others) award at the start of the year as a means of rewarding the Year 8 students who demonstrate exemplary, respectful behaviour and conduct in and outside of the classroom. A lot of my time as a Director of Year is spent dealing with issues related to academic and occasionally behaviour related challenges so I’ve really appreciated meeting with the nominated students to reward them with a Chuppa Chups lolly (we spoil them!) and entry into our Christmas prize draw. It’s also been great to hear the reasons some staff have nominated individuals too. Examples range from Marcus Allen who was spotted by Mr Williams for opening a door for a member of the office team, to Aimee Linney, who was nominated by 2 separate teachers for always being hardworking, cheerful and willing to help giving out books and other class related tasks. Well done to the students listed on the poster. Coming soon will be nominations for the remaining Year 8 sets.”
We have for some time sought to acknowledge success and achievement in its myriad forms and Mr Travis’ PRO awards continue in that vein. Perhaps we should take the simple things like good manners and hard work for granted but by acknowledging, rewarding and highlighting, it ‘spreads the gospel’ as it were and we become a community that everyone wants to be part of. After all, we are preparing students for life, not just to pass exams.
Year 9 News
“As part of Anti-bullying Week last week Year 9 joined in with a nationwide Thunderclap to stamp out bullying. The idea was to show messages of support for bullied pupils and to demonstrate to bullies that if everyone stands united bullies will not succeed.
The students also had an assembly from the Greater Manchester University Alliance about higher education. The assembly, a follow up to the University of Manchester visit and a prelude to next year's Chester University day, aimed to increase student awareness of university education from both an academic and non-academic point of view. A Very productive week all round for Year 9!”
That’s all for this week and what a real mélange of items it has been; all great stuff! Mrs Tasker is out (again!) tonight and is demanding the bulletin be submitted asap, so I will leave it there. I must also go and check on Christmas Fair preparations ; don’t worry I won’t be applying my ‘creative flair’ to the tree decoration, Miss Grey can nominate some Art students for that job, but I think the mince pies might need sampling.
Have a great weekend and I shall see you ALL on Sunday.
S P Beeley
Examination Results - August 2015
Congratulations to all the fabulous students and staff of Wellington School on another successful year of examination results.
It has been an emotion-filled morning as Year 11 students collected their GCSE results, with a record-equalling 76% achieving 5 A* - C including English and Maths (a figure set to increase over the coming weeks with closer analysis and requests for re-marks).
We are proud of each and every one of our Year 11 students and they should be proud of what they have achieved and how far they have come. There are far too many personal success stories to quote here. 11 students this year got a full house of A* or A grades - a remarkable achievement.
These outstanding GCSE results follow last week's equally impressive A2 and AS Level results. Our Year 13s once again did fantastically well with an increase in A* - E grades but particularly in the numbers achieving the highest A* - B grades. Our Year 12 students exceeded their and our expectations, securing the School's best ever AS figures, which bodes well for A Levels in 2016!
Well done to everyone at home and in School who contributed to all these tremendous results, celebrate in style, enjoy the rest of the break and I'll see (most of) you in September.
S P Beeley
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